Broken dreams for Mayfield By Brett Borden BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 11, 2000) For a while Sunday, it looked like Jeremy Mayfield was going to 'Jarrett' the field in the Kmart 400 at Michigan Speedway. He was on a rail, much like ...
Broken dreams for Mayfield
By Brett Borden
BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 11, 2000) For a while Sunday, it looked like Jeremy Mayfield was going to 'Jarrett' the field in the Kmart 400 at Michigan Speedway. He was on a rail, much like defending race winner Dale Jarrett was last year. But his hopes were derailed by a late caution due to inclement weather and a broken motor. "Something just broke, I'm not sure what it was," said Mayfield, who had to endure a 1 hour-33 minute rain delay as the leader. "But it doesn't matter, we know who had the best car here again. It's gonna be a matter of time. We're gonna get these things finishing races and we'll be up there every week doing that. I hate it for all the guys, but hey, we'll be back next week. Pocono is our favorite place and we're gonna be good there, too."
Pocono International Raceway IS the next stop on the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule. It was the site of Mayfield's first NASCAR Winston Cup victory. Number two came earlier this season at California Speedway. Number three nearly came Sunday at California's sister track. But rain delayed the race, and when Mayfield's team violated a pit road rule on the ensuing pit stops, Mayfield was sent to the back of the lead lap. The right rear tire was left on pit road during Mayfield's stop.
"It doesn't matter," said Mayfield. "We got our way back up there. We were coming, we just ran out of time."
And luck. During the rain delay, teammate Rusty Wallace said Mayfield was running an aggressive engine setup, and he hoped that his teammate could last the rest of the race. No such luck.
"We were up by seven, eight or nine seconds, and when we went back to racing we gave them that back," said Mayfield, who finished 41st. "That's racing and that's part of it. This team is good. It's almost better than winning in what we've accomplished these last four or five weeks."
Mother Nature rained on Mayfield's parade, but not long enough to let him take home the win. Had the race been called, Mayfield would be doing his post-race interviews in Victory Lane, instead of the garage area. But the Owensboro, Ky., native said he doesn't feel slighted by circumstances.
"I don't want to win under rain," he said. "I've already lost two races at Darlington like that. I don't want to win like that, I want to win straight up. Beat 'em, get the checkered flag, and be done with it, so I didn't want to win like that, anyways." -nascar.com-